Friday, Jan. 28, 2022

Model UN Team Uses Problem-Solving Skills To Tackle International Issues And Win Awards

To learn more about different countries around the world and the issues they face, members of Stevenson’s Model United Nations team research international politics and then try to formulate meaningful real-life solutions for those countries, all in the spirit of how the actual United Nations would operate.

Occasionally, the team takes its problem-solving skills on the road to various conferences to face other teams in games of international role-playing. Earlier this month, Stevenson won multiple top awards at the Naperville North Model UN Conference while representing the interests of countries in crisis situations and also performing in-depth simulations of current and past United Nations topics.

Here are Stevenson’s award winners by category:

  • Verbal: senior Jesenia Parthasarathy and junior Maddie Wang
  • Best Position Paper: sophomores Vageesh Ramaswamy and Stone Yan
  • Outstanding: junior Nathan James
  • Best Delegate: senior Anthony Makhovik, juniors Lindsey WangMihir PutchaRishabh Wuppalapati and sophomore Ekaterina Asayonak.

Stevenson Debaters Win Congressional Debate; Have Best Showing Ever In Public Forum At A National Tournament

Stevenson’s Debaters flexed their muscles earlier this month at the prestigious Cavalier Invitational Debate Tournament, which was held virtually from Durham Academy in Durham, North Carolina.

Thanks to remarkable teamwork, Stevenson came in first place in the tournament for Congressional Debate. This is a huge achievement and would not have been possible without the outstanding leadership of captains Aditi Ambravan and Mia Korsunsky. Korsunsky (pictured right) came in first place individually in Congressional Debate.

Also in Congressional Debate, senior Landis Varughese and sophomores Ria Agarwal and Manya Singh advanced to the semifinals. Three seniors advanced to the finals: Korsunsky, Udit Mehta, who came in fourth place as Presiding Officer and Prachi Gyanmote, who came in ninth place.

In Public Forum Debate, Stevenson had its best showing ever at a national tournament. Three pairs of freshmen qualified for semifinals at the novice level: Shipra Jha and Amoolya MahabhashyamBrian Hu and Abhi Choudhary, and Arjun Patel and Sanjay Malisetty. In speaker awards, Jha finished third overall, Patel finished fifth and Hu finished sixth.

Patriot Singers Perform At Illinois Music Education Conference In Peoria

On Thursday, students from the Patriot Singers performed at the Illinois Music Education Conference as part of a four-day event at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria.

Since 2010, teachers have attended the Illinois Music Education Conference to learn strategies to better hone their craft, serve students and be inspired to try new ideas that will keep their classes fresh, energetic and current. In-person professional development sessions, discussions with colleagues, networking events, keynote speakers and a variety of performances to watch all provide teachers opportunities for growth.

Student Announcements

$45,000 In Stevenson Foundation Scholarship Money Is Up For Grabs!

Need money for college? Seniors, the Stevenson Foundation is still accepting applications for its scholarship program. More than $45,000 in scholarships will be awarded to Stevenson seniors in recognition of their academic excellence, leadership, community service, and achievements in arts and athletics. All students in the Class of 2022 are encouraged to apply. The deadline to submit your application is Tuesday, Feb. 1. To fill out an application and to view the full list of scholarships offered this year, please visit

Juniors: Take a Free SAT Practice Exam…Register Now

Just a reminder that on Saturday, Feb. 5, juniors will have the opportunity to sit for a free, full-length SAT practice test (without the essay or accommodations). This proctored practice SAT exam, which will run from 8 a.m to 12 noon in the Fieldhouse, will help build endurance and give a real-time snapshot of testing performance. Scores are received the same day and will be accessible through the student dashboard. Students must register by Monday, Jan. 31.

Each registered family will also have the chance to arrange an optional virtual meeting with an Academic Advisor at Revolution Prep, who will help you to understand the score report, identify strengths, and target opportunities for improvement. This is NOT a requirement for registering for the practice SAT test.

If you have any questions please contact Ellyn Ross at (847) 415-4556. To schedule your optional, complimentary SAT score report virtual review please contact our liaison Jeanette Brink at Revolution Prep at (708) 300-9276 or email

Save The Date: D125 Night Market Is Coming Up In February

Get ready for an afternoon full of food, performances, and fun from a variety of Asian countries.

The Asian American Student Association will be presenting their annual D125 Night Market on Saturday, Feb. 12 in the Glass Commons. The event will kick off at 4 p.m. and will feature performances that will start at 6 p.m. It is free to attend Night Market but there is a cost for the pre-packaged food items.

Patriot Sports News

Don’t Forget: Badminton Information Meeting Coming Up Next Week

There will be an informational meeting next Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2104 for athletes interested in trying out for the girls badminton team this spring. If you are unable to attend, tryout information can be found on the athletics page of the Stevenson website or in this Google document.

Athletic Results

Boys Swimming and Diving: The Patriots swam against the Zee-Bees of Zion-Benton in a North Suburban Conference matchup and Stevenson got a 104-50 victory, winning 10 of 12 races. Notable finishes included the first-place 200 Medley Relay of Jonny FarberDavid KohanOlin Kusevskis, and Liam Plautz. Likewise, the 200 Free Relay of Maxim KolbunovOlin KusevskisFelix Wang, and Colin Zhang also finished in first place. Next up for the Patriots is Mundelein on Tuesday. The action begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Stevenson Aquatic Center.

Hockey: In the SHL, the Patriots defeated Glenbrook South 2-0 in a physical game. The Patriots scored all of their goals in the first period, holding GBS off for the remainder. The defense was once again solid, killing off 11 penalties while goalie Jonathan Adler saved all 24 shots and earned a shutout win. Rafi Biedron scored a goal at 10:11 in the first with the assist by Andrew Lermer and Alan Wu. Then on the power play, Nolan Jones scored at 10:13 with the assist by Dylan Jette. Next up for Stevenson is Barrington on Saturday, which is also Senior Night. The Senior Night Ceremony will be at 7:45 p.m. then the puck drops for the Varsity game at 8:15 p.m. Please join us to celebrate our eight senior Patriots between games. It is also a special night with Stevenson’s Students Helping Soldiers organization in attendance for Military Appreciation Night. We will be honoring a Veteran prior to puck drop and the students will be accepting dog treats and dog toys for service dog organizations.

Education News

What A New Study On College Essays And Family Income Really Means

People concerned about the fairness of college admissions are seizing on a new study from Stanford’s Center for Education and Policy Analysis to argue that colleges should keep using standardized tests to decide who gets in. During the pandemic, some 60% of U.S. colleges made submission of test scores optional.

This Virginia High Schooler Is Pushing To See More Women Of Color In Their Curriculum

Prasidha Padmanabhan is a high school junior in Fairfax County, Va., who spent most of the pandemic fighting to see herself and other women of color reflected in her school’s history curriculum. In 2020, she founded Women for Education, Advocacy and Rights, otherwise known as WEAR. Her organization is now around 150 members strong with hopes of spreading beyond Fairfax County to the rest of Virginia and the entire country.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Jan. 28-29: Frosh/Soph Play: The Marvels

Jan. 28-29: IHSA Dance State Finals

Jan. 31: Consortium Jazz Concert

Feb. 1: Black History Month Begins

Feb. 1: PPA Meeting

Feb. 1: BPO Meeting

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